• The C&O Canal a few miles above Great Falls VA
  • “The Georgetown” canal boat at Georgetown. Mile 0 of the C&O Canal
  • Crossing the Youghiogheny at Ohiopyle on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Great Falls of the Potomac
  • Keystone viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Mount Vernon home of George Washington
  • Dyke Marsh on the Mount Vernon Trail
  • View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon
  • Volunteers muscle a stepping stone into place on the PHT
  • Volunteers install a gravel tread on the PHT
  • Volunteers getting ready for action!
  • The C&O Canal a few miles below Great Falls VA
  • View of Harpers Ferry WVA from the C&O Canal
  • The Wide Water section of the C&O canal
  • The Paw Paw tunnel on the C&O Canal
  • A nice view of some wind mills on the GAP
  • A very picturesque spot on the GAP

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Final repairs are complete now for the PHNST in Great Falls National Park just north of Georgetown Pike.  This part, along Difficult Run, also serves as the northernmost piece of the Cross County Trail.  The trail has been essentially complete since February but now all the "t"s are crossed and it is officially open!  Congratulations to Don Briggs, Brent O'Neill, and others for getting this done. Of course, we at PHTA, and Great Falls Trailblazers, have been actively advocating for this important project!   ...
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HEAR YE HEAR YE!!! I'm pleased to announce that as part of the NVA Trail Fest on May 2 that was announced here, there will be 2 kayak tours that explore sections of Potomac River water trails. Take lots of pics and be prepared to share your experiences with your fellow trail fest attendees! Friday April 17, Whites Ford Regional Park to Algonkian Regional Park (14+ miles). This is a weekday but boy what a perfect day to play hooky from work :-) We'll meet at the gravel lot next to the Algonkian boat launch at 8:00AM. ***NOTE*** - There's nothing of significance water hazard wise in the route but it is a long paddle so be prepared to spend all day...
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Join our friends at Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition for 3 worktrips (details here): March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Broad Run Trail workday March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Clean-up at Veteran’s Park and Marumsco creek (on the Potomac Heritage Trail in Woodbridge) April 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Occoquan River Cleanup  ...
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UPDATE 4/17  Keep the calls and e-mails coming!  Mt. Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland is pushing to make this happen.   UPDATE 3/28   On March 26, the Planning Commission punted the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail decision to the Board of Supervisors, who hold a public hearing on this issue April 28. Please tell them "I support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water" (703-324-3151 or clerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov). Better yet, come to the Fx County Govt. Center public hearing on early evening of April 28 (this has the impact of 20 people sending e-mail). The Planning Commission said they were "inundated" with pro-trail e-mail; we'll make sure the Supervisors see these. But new ones direct to the Supervisors are best.Please share widely!!...
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UPDATE (3/27)  Our worktrip Saturday has been postponed due to wet weather.  We will select a new date in the near future. UPDATE (3/23):  Our next worktrip March 28 (9am - noon) will begin at shopping center at Route 1 and Armistead Road in Lorton (near the IHOP). The trail starts just across the Route 1 crosswalk and continues almost a mile through woods to Old Colchester Road. This is a joint project with MORE and Fairfax Trails and Streams. The Mason Neck Lions Club will provide refreshments. Come and join us! Join us in Lorton to improve the Potomac Heritage Trail on two Saturdays in March, the 21st and 28th, at 9am. Details and directions here.  We are collaborating with...
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Please tell the Fairfax Co. Planning Commission you support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water. Call 703-324-2865 or e-mail plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov  by FEB. 25.  UPDATE:  Strong pro-trail testimony at public hearing 2/12.  For details on this amazing trail opportunity see my Lorton Valley Star article and my Jan 17 and Nov 13 blogs below. Final decision by Board of Supervisors, probably in late March, but they rely heavily on Planning Commission's decision.  ...
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